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Delta taking holistic approach in addressing environmental challenges – Commissioner

…Says flood control measures yielding positive results

The Delta state government has disclosed that it is adopting several holistic measures to address the peculiar environmental needs of every community in the state, adding that it has carried out baseline studies to identify the challenges facing each community in the state.

Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Nani addressing newsmen

The state Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Nani made disclosure recently when he inspected the ongoing crucial mechanical desiltation of waterways and creation of new ones across the state to allow for easy flow of water in flood prone areas of the state.

Nani explained that the proactive measures adopted by the state government has resulted in the massive opening of canals, including the creation of new ones in Isheagu, Ewulu, Agbor, Asaba, Sapele, Oghara, Ughelli, Warri, Osubi, Effurun, Aghalokpe and other towns in the state.

He appealed to Deltans to be patient with the government, noting that “though the environmental challenges are burdensome and cannot be comprehensively addressed immediately, the flexible arrangement we are adopting to bring all interventionists agencies and the world bank to work with us in the implementation, will not only ease implementation task but will bring about a robust implementation of the flood control strategies”.

Speaking further, Nani stated that the baseline studies has identified gully erosion, coastal erosion, land degradation and lack of proper system as well as pollution as the most threatening and disturbing environmental challenges that the state is faced with.

However, Nani explained that the state government has keyed into the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Projects, a world bank assisted programme aimed at addressing land degradation and that five sites namely; Midomer/Iweriebor Erosion Site, Boji Boji Owa in Ika North-East; Obomkpa Erosion Site, Obomkpa and Ukwu-Nzu Erosion Site, both in Aniocha North Local Government Area; Jesse Flood Site, Jesse in Ethiope West Local Government Area and Oniocha-Uku Erosion Site in Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area, has been selected for priority attention in the first phase.

“I am pleased to also inform you that as part of proactive measure to address coastal erosion and ocean surge, the Delta State government has keyed into the West African Coastal State programmes. The programme will facilitate funding to provide shoreline protection in coastal erosion rampaged communities in the state”, he added.

The Commissioner noted that the Delta State Oil producing Area Commission (DESOPADEC), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the ecological fund office, the world bank and other relevant government MDAs and NGOs are also being carried along in this sincere drive to ensure environmental prosperity for all deltans.

On the ongoing massive opening of waterways across the state, Nani expressed optimism that the government effort is already paying off as flood water are receding aggressively in erstwhile flood rampaged communities for the overall benefit of Deltans.

He also assured Deltans of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s strong determination and sincere commitments to meet the yearnings of all Deltans through the implementation of the Smart Agenda.

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